Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Aloe Vera Blooming?

Aloe Vera with Bloom
My Garden, Atenas, Costa Rica


This particular aloe plant was one of only 2 or 3 plants in my garden when I moved into this house 3 years ago this April. When I planted my big garden I moved this into a big pot, first on my terrace and then here at the end of the sidewalk of my wrap-around garden, the punctuation mark if you please! First the pot was here, then it outgrew the pot and I placed it in the ground and so maybe that is why it is blooming; it likes the ground better than a pot? Or it drains better and they do prefer dry soil. Anyway, I thought this was interesting because I have had aloe plants most of my adult life in TX, TN & FL and this is the first I have seen bloom! Reminds me of a cactus bloom and it may be a type of cactus. Of course it is also important to me as part of my medicine cabinet, my source of treatment of all burns, both physical and sunburn. There is nothing better on the market! And I have another aloe plant not quite this big, plus this one is growing babies! Stop by for a baby aloe!


an interesting article in


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garden. create. make the world a more beautiful place.



¡Pura Vida!





Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler Migrant Male
In my Garden
Atenas, Costa Rica

Yellow Warbler Migrant Male
In my Garden
Atenas, Costa Rica



The Yellow Warbler is common here, both the migrant from the states and Canada and our own Resident Yellow Warbler with the female being identical but the resident male having a rufous or rust-colored head making him quite unique. See him on Tarcoles River at:  
Or a larger image of one made in Nicaragua at: 

Or all my Costa Rica gallery Yellow Warblers beginning with this other image from my garden and use right arrow to see about 3 or 4 other Yellow Warbler images.  



“the time of the singing of birds is come”
Song of Solomon 2:12

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NATIONAL MULES FESTIVAL
When I lived in Tennessee I marveled at nearby Columbia, TN Mule Day as probably the only place in the world to celebrate the mule. Well, I just learned that Costa Rica has one too!  :-)
is every year in February in Parrita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

I don't plan to go, but it is interesting!

Monday, February 19, 2018

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ - "I WON'T REST"

Cirque du Soleil
It is impossible for a cell phone on the back row to capture all the mind-blowing visuals, acrobatics, music
Just a hint here!

One outside sign seen as we were leaving.

Cirque du Soleil took a week or more to install the huge theater tent, with Porta-Potties outside.

Of course we entered through a smaller tent with plenty for sale to eat, drink, or remember your experience!

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ

SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ


Like Cirque du Soleil has done in the states with Elvis, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson, they have here developed a documentary/remembrance music/acrobat show about the greatest of Latin American Rock Bands in the 80's and 90's, Soda Stereo in Argentina. Since most Americans and other foreigners cannot possibly understand the significance to Latin Americans, an excellent description in English is provided by Cirque du Soleil in their FASCINATION NEWSLETTER.  In short, it is about a young man who thirsts for meaning and social justice and dreams of a better world, feels trapped. When he plugs into the music of Soda Stereo, he is whisked away to an inner world and is set free. Most adult Ticos here know the significance and know the songs, singing along with the performances. Moving and powerful!

For official photos and great videos of the performance see the Cirque du Soleil Website. 

And of course I have a TRIP Photo Gallery: SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ


¡Pura Vida!



Sunday, February 18, 2018

Churches in Orosi Area

Paraíso Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción del Rescate de Ujarrás
Paraiso, Costa Rica

Iglesia de Loaiza de Cachi 
Cachi, Costa Rica

Iglesia de Cachi
Cachi, Costa Rica

Iglesia Catolica Palomo de Orosi
Orosi, Costa Rica

Iglesia de San José de Orosi  (1767)
Orosi, Costa Rica

Steeple of Iglesia de San José de Orosi  (1767)
Orosi, Costa Rica

The Oldest Church Building in Costa Rica, built 1580 - A National Historic Park
Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Costa Rica



I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, 
but God declared: "Go down again - I dwell among the people.

~John Henry Newman



See all of my Orosi Trip photos in the TRIP Gallery: 2018-February 6-10--Orosi/Tapanti

Or my gallery Churches - Costa Rica          

The above is my last post from the Orosi trip.  
And a month before the next trip!  :-)  

                                                                            -o-


I'm not a big fan of Nadine, the Happier than a Billionaire younger girl and her husband who moved here about a year before me and her making money off books about living here, but she has some interesting posts!. The above link is to her latest blog post and a "free" chapter from her next book. It is about "dawn" and includes a beautiful (if oversaturated) photo of a sunrise. Someone considering a move here might enjoy her blogs and website and even the books that are somewhat humorous tales of the couple adjusting to pura vida, changing locations, building a house, etc. 


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THE TRUMP OF COSTA RICA? SAD!
It is getting harder for us Democrats to get away from Trump in Costa Rica!  :-)   The leading candidate for President here is another hateful Trump-type person, with his main platform being Anti-Gay Marriage and he is an Evangelical revival preacher! Sad! 

Political Cartoon in one Online English Newspaper

Sad because Christianity (especially evangelicals) already has the reputation of being bigoted people who hate other people who are different from them. I believe that attitude along with Trump and the horrible Republican Party is destroying the United States from the inside now, with obvious help from Russia! 

And yes, I hold NRA-financed Republicans responsible for the school shootings because of their continued refusal to pass basic gun controls and gladly allow a teenager to walk into a gun store and buy a military machine gun (unlike any other developed country in the world). The U.S, is the most violent and dangerous of all the developed countries in the world. No where in the world are people daily in danger of gun violence like in the states, and it continues to get worse. There are more legally owned guns in the states now than there are people! That is scary!

Nor are the immigration rules and attitudes as bad anywhere as in the states. Republicans will have a lot to answer for to God on judgement day! The U.S. is a very broken nation! Sad! Sad! Sad!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mirador de Orosi

View of Village of Orosi 
Mirador de Orosi, Costa Rica

View of Reventazón River 
Mirador de Orosi, Costa Rica

Mirador de Orosi, Costa Rica


Mirador de Orosi, Costa Rica


More photos of Mirador de Orosi

Or see all of my Orosi Trip photos in the TRIP Gallery: 2018-February 6-10--Orosi/Tapanti


¡Pura Vida!




Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) I go to a special
Cirque du Soleil Musical Show in Alajuela

Read about it at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/sep7imo-dia (with photos & videos) It will be one of the few Cirque du Soleil shows in Spanish and honors or remembers the most popular of all rock bands in Latin America, Soda Stereo of Argentina. Think of it as similar to the shows Cirque du Soleil did on Michael Jackson, The Beatles and Elvis. I saw the one honoring the Beatles and it was really good! So hope this will be too! Different and colorful anyway! That's for sure!  :-)



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And meanwhile in Atenas people are getting ready for the "Festival of Life" in March:
https://www.facebook.com/atenasfestivaloflife/
Partly to raise money for the children's home my Nashville friends are coming to work in:


Friday, February 16, 2018

Mirador de Ujarrás

My Favorite View from Mirador de Ujarrás
Ujarrás, Costa Rica

View of Orosi from Mirador de Ujarrás
Ujarrás, Costa Rica

A Large Patio with 180° + View of Valley
Ujarrás, Costa Rica

Large Parking Area for Mirador de Ujarrás Tourists!
Ujarrás, Costa Rica



Or see all of my Orosi Trip photos in the TRIP Gallery: 2018-February 6-10--Orosi/Tapanti

Tomorrow: Mirador Orosi

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INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES IN ENGLISH: 

No Easter Parades this Year! Presidential Voting Runoff takes Precedence.
I'm sorry because the colorful Easter celebrations is one of the things I love about the Catholic Church here.

AND SPECIFICALLY ABOUT ATENAS
Canadian Sets Example for Costa Ricans by Cleaning Community Park (& link to TV News Video) Or some of us see him as the weirdo Canadian with goatee & eyebrows dyed to match the color of his short shorts that day and he hangs out in the Atenas parks half-naked picking up trash. His friendliness with little children and his lack of clothing makes him look like a "pervert" to some of us, especially in this conservative society where most men always wear long pants. So I have mixed feelings about the positive publicity the local press gives him, but granted, he is interesting and has done this for years on his "Snowbird" winter vacations here. And hopefully his ecology message will pay off.  


Historic Shipwreck in Caribbean Must Return to Ocean because CR has no facilities to preserve it out of water. Scuba divers should like that!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica
THE OLDEST CHURCH BUILDING IN COSTA RICA, BUILT IN 1580+

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica


Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica

Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica


Las Ruinas de Ujarrás, Orosi, Costa Rica


This exact same set of photos in my TRIPS photo gallery:  Las Ruinas de Ujarrás

Or see all of my Orosi Trip photos in the TRIP Gallery: 2018-February 6-10--Orosi/Tapanti